A “CRANKY” neighbor’s efforts to keep visitors away from what appears to be a busy vacation rental have gone viral.
The man set up roadblocks on his street, used paper towels suspended from large A-frames and warned potential Airbnb guests to turn back.
The handwritten messages on the towels appeared in the middle of a narrow suburban street and have been making waves online ever since.
“NO Airbnb traffic! read a character.
You are not welcome. NO!! Airbnb. Not in our neighborhood,” read the other.
The self-made signs are divided on the net, some laugh at the blockade.
One person said: “When Airbnb guests come across this sign, it means they have already paid for their stay. The damage is done. If I saw that as a guest I would laugh and drive around them.”
While others have defended the sign saying vacation rentals and the constant stream of strangers can “destroy” a neighborhood’s vibe.
“People are buying or renting affordable housing and using it to make a profit while bringing partygoers to otherwise quiet neighborhoods,” said one woman.
“Also traffic is increasing which is bad for commuters and all the kids which can become speed bumps for people who don’t know kids are playing out there and don’t know the speed limits,” she added, earning 300 likes.
Others argued that a vacation rental would generate the same amount of traffic or less than renting the home full-time.
“I can’t imagine the traffic would be any bigger – if someone lived there they would be in and out a few times a day and probably have guests too,” argued one person.
And others disputed the argument that “people only rent them for parties”.
“I rent them out with my daughters because we prefer to cook for ourselves and don’t like to stay in party venues — I’ve never seen a reaction like that,” she said.
Airbnb owners also spoke out about slamming the neighbor for his “rude” signs.
“We run a very successful Airbnb. No huge parties or big disruptions/problems in our neighborhood. We took a falling eyesore and turned it into a great house that people are happy to stay in,” the woman said.
Others said they were more annoyed by the neighbor’s “annoying” signs than the Airbnbs.
“Getting out of the car to move them every time would be a lot more annoying than party noise and traffic,” they said.
While many simply said the signs would be ineffective and a waste of time.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5106936/angry-neighbour-blocks-road-furious-note-for-airbnb-guests/ Angry neighbor blocks road with angry note after Airbnb traffic